Rockin' the Rouvenaz, Montreux 2000
The Kiosk a Musique de la Rouvenaz may be a half mile down the street from the main site at the Centre de Congres, but it's fully plugged into the spirit of the Montreux Jazz Festival.
In this intimate park setting, with its permanent wooden bandshell, several hundred music lovers can relax on benches or have a leisurely snack on picnic tables while enjoying a wide variety of musical styles from, literally, around the world. For example, on Friday, July 21st, you can start in Switzerland with Big Band Surprise, gyrate over to Cuba with Los Mambos, swing down under to Australia with the Sydney-Zenith Jazz Blues Band, and then close your evening with America's Sara Wheeler.
A Deceptive Answer
Such eclectic variety calls for a sound system of extraordinary clarity and flexibility - and one appropriate for both the intimate size of the venue and the moderately tight city noise ordinances. Fortunately, Meyer Sound has the answer in the compact but deceptively powerful UPA-1P. Augmented by a pair of 650-P subwoofers, the quartet of UPA-1Ps easily fills the designated audience area with clear, robust sound.
One of Many
The Swiss Laboratory
The company's complete name is Meyer Sound Laboratories, and year after year the Montreux Jazz Festival plays a key role in developing and refining audio technology.
"One benefit of doing Montreux year after year is that we have a chance to continually work on incremental improvements," states Meyer's Mark Johnson. "Instead of getting in, doing a show and getting out, we have time to observe carefully, even making improvements during the course of the festival. Unquestionably, our involvement here at Montreux has played a role in the development of almost every new product we've introduced in the last dozen years."